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Trump in Trouble With France (Again)
France slams Donald Trump for Bataclan remarks during NRA speech
“Obscene” is what one former French president said about Trump’s antics during a NRA speech on Friday. In an effort to make a point, Trump mimicked shooters who killed 90 people in a Parisian club in November 2015.
France condemned US President Donald Trump on Saturday for comments he made during a National Rifle Association (NRA) event on Friday about the 2015 Parisian terrorist attacks.
The outrage has come just over a week after Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron stressed their friendship during Macron’s state visit to the US.
Trump’s offending remarks:
Referring to the 2015 attack by Islamist terrorists, Trump told rifle owners:
- “Nobody has guns in Paris and we all remember more than 130 people, plus tremendous numbers of people that were horribly, horribly wounded. … They were brutally killed by a small group of terrorists that had guns.”
- “They took their time and gunned them down one by one,” he added, before mimicking the shooters while saying: “Boom. Come over here. Boom, come over here. Boom.”
- Trump said someone in the Bataclan club, where 90 of the 130 people died, could have ended the killing spree if they had been able to use a gun to shoot back.
France’s Foreign Ministry said: “France expresses its firm disapproval of the comments by President Trump about the attacks of November 13, 2015 in Paris and asks for respect of the memory of the victims.”